The social economy can be defined as community, voluntary, charity and non-for-profit organisations set up to promote and deliver specific community services or achieve social objectives. The importance of the sector to economic and social development is increasingly being recognised by government and by the public.
BiGGAR Economics has worked with a number of social economy organisations, undertaking strategic reviews, feasibility studies and business plans and with public agencies with a role in supporting and encouraging the development of the social economy.
- appraisal of the Future Business Enterprise Hub in Cambridge, which is focused on the social economy and the environmental sector and is part funded by an innovative Charitable Bonds model;
- preparation of a strategy and business plan for the East Lothian Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG);
- development of an innovative model for the community funding associated with the development of Clyde Wind Farm, including a community trust;
- assessment of the demand and need for qualifications in the social economy sector for the Scottish Qualifications Authority;
- strategic review and business plan for Citizens Advice Rights Fife (CARF);
- scoping study of social economy organisations in Arygll and the Isles;
- strategic review and business plan for Benarty Regeneration Action Group (BRAG), a Fife based social enterprise;